Contributor’s links post for April 7, 2019

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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

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  1. The Floods, the Mullahs and the Cinderella in Boots

    by Amir Taheri
    April 7, 2019 at 4:00 am

    It may take weeks if not months before the full facts of the current nationwide floods in Iran are established. But we already know that the floods represent one of the biggest natural disasters Iran has suffered in half a century.

    According to provisional data from the Islamic Red Crescent, the floods struck in over 300 towns and cities in 22 of Iran’s 31 provinces, affecting 18.5 million people, almost a quarter of the nation’s total population. Some 1.2 million people have been made homeless, at least temporarily.

    The damage done to infrastructure across the nation is equally massive. With 141 rivers in flood and some 500 landslides over 3,000 kilometers of roads and highways connecting thousands of villages, 78 medium or large cities have been partly or totally destroyed.

    Also destroyed are 87 bridges, 160 dams and over 1,000 kilometers of railway lines. The floods have put over 18,000 factories and workshops out of action while the damage done to farming is described as “incalculable.”

    • My heart pumps piss. Iran has some of the world’s very worst (if not the worst) water resource management policies, bar none.

      Too bad the mullahs don’t give a Calimyrna fig about whether Iranians live or die. Everyone knows that nuclear weapons are much more important because then the Supreme Leader’s turban will swell to enormous proportions and leave no doubt as to who is Allah’s true choice for leading the MME.

      • PS: In light of the media shell game ßüllshït Iran played after America’s offer of relief during the Bam earthquake crisis: This time Trump should give Tehran way less than one MSM news cycle to non-negotiably accept or reject help from the USA and then ANNOUNCE IT IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER ON PRIMETIME INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION NEWS.

        As in: You’ve got before quitting time to make up your mind about accept or decline and let everyone in line know if you’re going to pull a Maduro and reject desperately needed assistance.

        Six hours max and then, Hey Presto! You lose! £ü¢k you very much ’til next time and, while you’re at it, explain to the Persian people why they’re dying like flies so that you can maintain your fastidious Islamic purity.

        Just in case this is insufficiently clear, withdrawal of the offer extends to all repair or rebuild of infrastructure and any long-term relief, right down to replacing that chipped rectal thermometer at the children’s hospital.

  2. Iran threat: If U.S. designates Revolutionary Guard as ‘terrorists,’ Iran will blacklist U.S. military (Reuters) April 6, 2019

    [Ed. – Bring it.]

    Iran to blacklist U.S. military if Washington designates Guards as terrorists – MP

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Iran may put the U.S. military on its terror list if Washington designates the Iranian elite Revolutionary Guards as terrorists, a senior Iranian lawmaker said on Saturday.

    The United States is expected to designate the Revolutionary Guards a foreign terrorist organization, three U.S. officials told Reuters, marking the first time Washington has formally labeled another country’s military a terrorist group.

    “If the Revolutionary Guards are placed on America’s list of terrorist groups, we will put that country’s military on the terror blacklist next to Daesh (Islamic State),” Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, head of parliament’s national security committee, said on Twitter.

    (Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Mark Potter)

      • If they bring it enough it will be “Game On” if we can set the goals and then turn the military loose a lot of people will have to change their underwear.

    • ran threat: If U.S. designates Revolutionary Guard as ‘terrorists,’ Iran will blacklist U.S. military

      The only minor difference between these two actions is that one’s meaningful and the other … isn’t.

  3. UK: Muslim Migrant Imprisoned For Killing Wife Who Converted To Christianity

    While the enemedia wrings its hands over “islamophobia,” this is the real problem. Avan Najmadiein was not safe from Dana Abdullah even in the UK. Did British authorities think it would have been “islamophobic” to try to prevent this man from brutalizing and killing his wife, and enforcing Islam’s death penalty for those who leave the religion? Who is standing up for those victims? No one dares.

    “Muslim Asylum Seeker Imprisoned For Killing Wife Who Converted To Christianity,” by Joshua Gill, Daily Caller, April 5, 2019 (thanks to Wendy):

    • Shouldn’t Hernandez be out selling used cars or magazine subscriptions or doing taco Tuesday radio spots? If Americans have learned one thing from Islam, it’s that a presumption of untruthfulness is the best starting point whenever we’re told that we’ve got it all wrong and that everybody just wants to be our friend.

      It’s times like this where I’m downright glad that America finally has a president who’s willing to call this usual load of Mexican frijoles, “ßüllshït!”

      • Wait, things are building, things that we all know about and know what should be done. Trumps dilemma is that he can’t move as fast as he would like, even if he isn’t a politician he has to play political games until things are so obvious he can get away with unilateral actions.

  4. Libya crisis: Fighting near Tripoli leaves 21 dead (BBC, Apr 7, 2019)

    “Libya’s UN-backed government says 21 people have been killed and 27 wounded in fighting near the capital, Tripoli.

    Earlier the UN appealed for a two-hour truce so casualties and civilians could be evacuated, but fighting continued.

    Rebel forces under Gen Khalifa Haftar have advanced from the east with the aim of taking Tripoli.

    Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj has accused him of attempting a coup and says rebels will be met with force.

    Among the dead was a Red Crescent doctor killed on Saturday. Gen Haftar’s forces said they had lost 14 fighters.

    International powers have begun evacuating personnel from Libya amid the worsening security situation…”

  5. Nigeria: Three killed in twin suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri (thedefensepost, Apr 7, 2019)

    “Three people were killed and more than 30 were injured in a twin suicide bomb attack in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, militia sources and residents told AFP on Sunday.

    Two female bombers on Saturday, April 7 detonated their explosives among a crowd in Muna Dalti on the outskirts of Borno state capital Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Boko Haram jihadist group.

    “They came around 8:00 pm and detonated their suicide vests,” Umar Ari, a local militia leader, said.

    “They killed three people and seriously injured 33 others,” said Ari, who was involved in the evacuation of victims.

    Two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force militia and a civilian were killed, according to Bello Dambatta, the Head of the Rapid Response Team of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Channels TV reported…”

  6. Turkey ‘Disappointed’ over EU Local Elections Remarks (tasnimnews, Apr 7, 2019)

    “Turkey was “disappointed” over European Commission first vice president’s remarks on local elections, the country’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

    “Turkish people went to the polls on March 31 with a participation rate that is rarely seen in European countries, and they once again showed their commitment to democracy.

    “Nevertheless, the call of the European Union authorities to recognize the results, although the official results have not yet been announced in some places, have been recorded as an unfortunate blunder,” Hami Aksoy said in a statement, Anadolu Agency reported.

    Aksoy’s remarks came after Frans Timmermans, the European Commission first vice president, said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party did not respect the election results…”

  7. Freedom of expression: Court acquits Saudi of defamation charges (saudigazette, Apr 7, 2019)

    “A criminal court in Jeddah has acquitted a well-known Snapchat and YouTube blogger of charges including publishing clips critical of a segment of Saudi society.

    The Court said the defendant was criticizing a particular segment of society which was not aimed at Saudi society in general.

    The court said he was exercising freedom of expression. It stressed that there is no harm in expressing one’s opinion, as it is a guaranteed right for every person, so long as he does not insult others.”

  8. Recruitment of Ethiopian maids to begin by month-end (saudigazette, Apr 7, 2019)

    “Saudi Arabia will start hiring domestic workers from Ethiopia this month, according to recruitment office sources.

    There are over 800 Ethiopian contracting offices that will handle the process of sending domestic labor. The cost for each domestic worker is estimated at around SR7,500.

    It is expected that there will be a huge demand for Ethiopian domestic workers because the recruitment cost is cheaper compared to hiring Filipino and Sri Lankan housemaids whose recruitment cost is SR18,000 and SR20,000 respectively.

    Saudi national recruitment offices have already received several applications. Each office is allowed to process a maximum of 50 visa transactions. Hakeem Al-Khoneizi, a Saudi investor in the recruitment field, said contracting offices are charging $900 (SR3375) for the recruitment of a domestic help, and the total cost for Saudi sponsors for each domestic worker will be up to SR7,500.

    The salary of a domestic help will be around SR1,000, he said.

    The Ethiopian authorities have identified nine health centers to receive domestic workers as soon as they start receiving applications.”

  9. UAE slaps travel ban on Emiratis for three countries (gulfnews, Apr 7, 2019)

    “Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has specified three countries on its travel ban list for Emiratis, due to political reasons, notably Qatar, Karabakh and Lebanon.

    According to the ministry’s website, two countries including Brazil and Ukraine have been removed from the list, bringing the banned countries from 13 to 11.

    The ministry has warned citizens from traveling to 11 countries, including Yemen, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, Syria, Nigeria, Iraq and Libya. The travel ban list also includes Congo, due to the outbreak of the epidemic of Ebola, and Madagascar due to the outbreak of plague.

    The ministry also announced the prohibition of fishing in eight countries, including Thailand, Sudan, Oman, Jordan, Algeria, Iraq, Libya and Mauritania.”

  10. Morocco’s Growing Base of Jet Fighter Planes Unsettle Spanish Military (moroccoworldnews, Apr 6, 2019)

    “Morocco’s increased purchases of military equipment has caught the eyes of its Spanish neighbor, with the European country’s military circles sounding an alarm bell about Rabat’s increasing “military might.”

    While Spain has no reason to fear strikes from Morocco, Spanish military officials reacted in a mix of worry and fascination at the recent announcement of Morocco purchasing 25 US-manufactured F-16s, according to El Confidential, a Spanish outlet said to be close to the country’s military circles.

    According to the Spanish newspaper, Morocco is on course to match Spain’s military capabilities, especially in air striking capacity. The paper especially cited the newly-acquired F-16s and Morocco’s “growing jet fighters fleet,” noting the purchases have “modernized” and “sophisticated” Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR).

    While the big investments in FAR have especially attracted the attention of the Spanish military establishment, the newspaper explained that previous purchases for other military departments did not go unnoticed.

    It said that top Spanish army officials have been closely following Rabat’s investments in “last generation equipments to modernize” its land, air, and marine forces.

    Prior to the colossal investments in upgrading its air forces, Rabat had spent a considerable amount on its infantry and navy.

    In April 2018, Morocco received 162 third-generation US-made Abrams tanks as part of a 2017-agreed $115 million deal with the Pentagon. In the same year, Rabat purchased over 1,200 state-of-the-art antitank missiles, according to the Spanish paper.

    Topping the list of Morocco’s security-related efforts are, its first and second Mohammed VI satellites, launched within a very short interval of time. El Confidentiel said the two satellites will provide Morocco with cutting-edge accuracy in territorial surveillance.

    Commenting on El Confidentiel’s article in its April 5 edition, Moroccan outlet Al Ahdath Al Maghribia remarked, “As it continues expanding its military basis, Morocco can now face any challenges.”…”

  11. London bloodbath: Double shooting in Leyton just one hour after woman murdered in Enfield (express, Apr 7, 2019)

    “A DOUBLE shooting in Leyton has followed the murder of a woman in Enfield in a day of horror on the streets of London.

    Two men in their twenties were shot in the Leyton attack in east London this evening. A gunman fired at the men in Francis Road just before 7pm. The attack came just over an hour after a person died following an attack in the street in Enfield in north London. Police were called to Enfield by the London Ambulance Service at about 5.50pm on Sunday where they found a young woman injured in the street.

    The Metropolitan Police said the woman, who was in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene near the Brookbank building in Turkey Street.

    Her next of kin have been informed while a post-mortem examination and formal identification will be carried out in due course, the force added.

    A man was arrested nearby on suspicion of murder and taken to a north London police station, police said.

    The area will remain cordoned off until officers finish carrying out their initial investigations, they added…”

  12. NYT – Britain Proposes Broad New Powers to Regulate Internet Content

    LONDON — Britain proposed sweeping new government powers to regulate the internet to combat the spread of violent and extremist content, false information and harmful material aimed at children. The proposal, announced on Monday, would be one of the world’s most aggressive actions to rein in the most corrosive online content.

    The recommendations, backed by Prime Minister Theresa May, take direct aim at Facebook, Google and other large internet platforms that policymakers believe have made growth and profits a priority over curbing harmful material. The government called for naming an internet regulator with the power to issue fines, block access to websites if necessary and make individual executives legally liable for harmful content spread on their platforms.

    “The internet can be brilliant at connecting people across the world, but for too long these companies have not done enough to protect users, especially children and young people, from harmful content,” Ms. May said in a statement. “That is not good enough, and it is time to do things differently.”

    By introducing the proposal even as a deadline nears for Britain to exit the European Union, Ms. May signaled that enacting the new internet regulations was a high priority of her government.

    Around the world, governments are having a broader debate about reining in the internet and whether their actions will restrict free expression. Frustrated by what they see as a lack of progress to protect users, governments are passing or considering new laws to define what classifies as acceptable online communication. Advocates for human rights and free speech warn that the policies will lead to censorship and be exploited by more repressive governments.

    After the massacre of 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand in March, calls have increased globally for internet regulation. The authorities say the gunman distributed a racist manifesto online before using Facebook to live-stream the shooting. In response, Australia passed a law last week that threatens fines for social media companies and jail for their executives if they fail to rapidly remove “abhorrent violent material” from their platforms. New Zealand is also considering new restrictions.

    In Singapore, draft legislation was introduced last week that supporters said would restrict the spread of false and misleading information. But opponents have warned it could be used to go after critics of the government. India has also proposed broad new powers to regulate internet content. The European Union is debating a new terrorism content measure that some have warned is overly broad and will harm free expression. And Germany last year began prohibiting hate speech. Digital rights groups have criticized the law as leading to the unnecessary blocking of legitimate content.

    In response to the political backlash, internet companies have toughened their policies and hired tens of thousands of human moderators to screen for problematic material. But with billions of pieces of content being shared each day on services like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, deciphering what is harmful isn’t always an easy task, and governments have criticized the companies for not being aggressive enough.

    In recent weeks, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has said new regulations are needed, particularly to more clearly define what is acceptable content so companies aren’t the main judges.

    And Facebook took a similar stance in response to the British proposal. “New regulations are needed so that we have a standardized approach across platforms and private companies aren’t making so many important decisions alone,” Facebook said in a statement. “These are complex issues to get right and we look forward to working with the government and Parliament to ensure new regulations are effective.”

    Twitter said in a statement that it would “engage in the discussion between industry and the U.K. government, as well as work to strike an appropriate balance between keeping users safe and preserving the internet’s open, free nature.”

    Google had no immediate statement.

    British officials are calling for the creation of a mandatory “duty of care” standard intended “to make companies take responsibility for the safety of their users and to tackle harm caused by content or activity on their services.”

    The government listed a number of topics that companies could be required to address or risk fines and other penalties. The list includes material thought to be supporting terrorism, inciting violence, encouraging suicide, disinformation, cyberbullying and inappropriate material accessible to children. The rules would apply to social media platforms, discussion forums, messaging services and search engines.

    Actions in Britain and elsewhere signal a new era for the internet. Western democracies have largely avoided regulating online communication. But as evidence mounts that online actions are having harmful real-life consequences by contributing to violence, compromising elections and spreading hateful ideologies, governments are becoming more willing to intervene.

    In the United States, where free speech is more of a core value than other nations, there’s been less momentum to regulate internet content. But in Washington this week, the House Judiciary Committee will question executives from Facebook and Google on the spread of white nationalism on social media.

    “The era of self-regulation for online companies is over,” Jeremy Wright, Britain’s digital secretary, said in a statement. “Voluntary actions from industry to tackle online harms have not been applied consistently or gone far enough.” Technology,” he added, “can be an incredible force for good and we want the sector to be part of the solution in protecting their users. However, those that fail to do this will face tough action.”

    reuters – UK plans social media regulation to battle harmful content

    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain proposed new online safety laws on Monday that would slap penalties on social media companies and technology firms if they fail to protect their users from harmful content.

    Easy access to damaging material particularly among young people has caused growing concern worldwide and came into the spotlight in Britain after the death of 14-year-old schoolgirl Molly Russell, which her parents said came after she had viewed online material on depression and suicide.

    Governments across the world are wrestling over how to better control content on social media platforms, often blamed for encouraging abuse, the spread of online pornography, and for influencing or manipulating voters.

    Global worries were recently stoked by the live streaming of the mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand on one of Facebook’s platforms, after which Australia said it would fine social media and web hosting companies and imprison executives if violent content is not removed “expeditiously”.

    In a policy paper widely trailed in British media, the government said it would look into possibly using fines, blocking access to websites, and imposing liability on senior tech company management for failing to limit the distribution of harmful content.

    It would also set up a regulator to police the rules.

    TechUK, an industry trade group, said the paper was a significant step forward, but one which needed to be firmed up during its 12-week consultation. It said some aspects of the government’s approach were too vague.

    “It is vital that the new framework is effective, proportionate and predictable,” techUK said in a statement, adding not all concerns could be addressed through regulation.

    Facebook said it was looking forward to working with the government to ensure new regulations were effective, repeating its founder Mark Zuckerberg’s line that regulations were needed to have a standard approach across platforms.


    Rebecca Stimson, Facebook’s head of UK public policy, said any new rules should strike a balance between protecting society and supporting innovation and free speech.

    “These are complex issues to get right and we look forward to working with the government and parliament to ensure new regulations are effective,” Stimson said in a statement.

    Prime Minister Theresa May said that while the Internet could be brilliant at connecting people, it had not done enough to protect users, especially children and young people.

    “That is not good enough, and it is time to do things differently,” May said in a statement. “We have listened to campaigners and parents, and are putting a legal duty of care on internet companies to keep people safe.”

    The duty of care would make companies take more responsibility for the safety of users and tackle harm caused by content or activity on their services. The regulator, funded by industry in the medium term, will set clear safety standards.

    A committee of lawmakers has also demanded more is done to make political advertising and campaigning on social media more transparent.

    “It is vital that our electoral law is brought up to date as soon as possible, so that social media users know who is contacting them with political messages and why,” said Conservative Damian Collins, who chairs the parliamentary committee for digital, culture, media and sport.

    “Should there be an early election, then emergency legislation should be introduced to achieve this.”

    • cnet – UK to keep social networks in check with internet safety regulator

      Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and a whole bunch of smaller platforms will face huge fines if they fail to live up to their “duty of care” to internet users.

      The UK government is taking a hard line when it comes to online safety, appointing what it claims is the world’s first independent regulatorto keep social media companies in check.

      Companies that fail to live up to requirements will face huge fines, with senior directors who are proven to have been negligent of their responsibilities being held personally liable. They may also find access to their sites blocked.

      The new measures, designed to make the internet a safer place, were announced jointly by the Home Office and Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The introduction of the regulator is the central recommendation of the highly anticipated government white paper, published early Monday morning in the UK.

      The regulator will be tasked with ensuring social media companies are tackling a range of online problems, including:

      Inciting violence and spreading violent content (including terrorist content)
      Encouraging self-harm or suicide
      The spread of disinformation and fake news
      Cyber bullying
      Children accessing inappropriate material
      Child exploitation and abuse content

      As well as applying to the major social networks, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, the requirements will also have to be met by file-hosting sites, online forums, messaging services and search engines.

      “For too long these companies have not done enough to protect users, especially children and young people, from harmful content,” said Prime Minister Theresa May in a statement. “We have listened to campaigners and parents, and are putting a legal duty of care on internet companies to keep people safe.”

      The government is currently trying to decide whether to appoint an existing regulator to the job, or to create a brand-new regulator purely for this purpose. Initially it will be funded by the tech industry, and the government is currently debating a levy for social media companies.

      “The era of self-regulation for online companies is over,” said the government’s Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright in a statement. “Voluntary actions from industry to tackle online harms have not been applied consistently or gone far enough.”

      The global move toward regulation

      The measures announced by the UK on Monday are part of a larger global move toward greater regulation for big tech, which originated in Europe, but is gaining increasing traction in the US, as well as with the leaders of tech companies, including Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook.

      It comes at a time of great political upheaval in the UK, where the country is at once deciding to stand up to Silicon Valley tech companies, while hoping they will continue to create local jobs once it has departed from the EU. There are also still some elements of the new regulatory process that are up for debate.

      Damian Collins, chair of Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which recently published a report into fake news branding social media companies “digital gangsters,” said that it was important the regulator had the power to launch investigations when necessary.

      “The Regulator cannot rely on self-reporting by the companies,” he said. “In a case like that of the Christchurch terrorist attack for example, a regulator should have the power to investigate how content of that atrocity was shared and why more was not done to stop it sooner.”

      Vinous Ali, head of policy for industry body techUK, welcomed the publication of the white paper, but said in a statement that some elements of the government’s approach remained “too vague,” and that it will have to be clear about exactly what it wants the regulator to achieve. The “duty of care” that the government believes social media companies have toward users is not clearly defined and open to broad interpretation, she added.

      The Internet Association, which represents a whole list of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Twitter, said it’s important that any proposals are practical for platforms to implement regardless of their size.

      A spokeswoman for Twitter said in a statement that the company is committed to prioritizing the safety of users, pointing to over 70 changes the platform made last year. “We will continue to engage in the discussion between industry and the UK Government, as well as work to strike an appropriate balance between keeping users safe and preserving the internet’s open, free nature,” she said.

      Spokespeople for Google and Facebook did not immediately respond to request for comment.

  13. I have a strong suspicion that Sharia mainly punishes non muslims.
    This is because there are numerous islamic teachings that treats muslims as equals and non muslims as non human.

    This is why I think muslims are so eager to push for Sharia because they know exactly who it punishes. Because they’re convinced that non muslims should be punished, their commitment to Sharia is natural. Any unfair treatment of “the others” escape muslims completely because they don’t consider us human.

    I’ve never seen this discussed on sites that are critical of Islam. Compounding the issue is ignorance of non muslims (or is it the muslim poster?). The following is from a site often consulted by “smart” people.

    The paradox of Islam is that’s it’s so stupid, yet requires so much brain power to figure out for ourselves.

    • It isn’t discussed as a rule as it is taken for granted by anyone who has an inkling about the history of Islamic repression of infidels over the last near 1400 years(1387 IIRC). Muslims want sharia as islam is a supremacist ideology and forcing the conversion of ALL infidels and world domination is its accepted and blatantly publicized aim.
      BTW that site is muslim and rubbish. It is equivalent to asking Pravda about uncle Joe’s crimes, or Der Sturmer about Hitler’s peace plans.

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